The lake is an amazing ultramarine blue this morning as I welcome the three workers arriving at 7:30 a.m. The main floor of the house is nearing completion. We have painted walls, installed a new ceiling, and fitted five new windows. Now we are starting to realize great progress in the B & B renovation. As you can see, our daughter's Scottish Fold cat, Angus, is site supervisor for the new bathroom going in.
Our plumber jackhammered the cement for the new plumbing. Our electrician removed a ton of wire and cables that went nowhere and everything has been streamlined and modernized. It's really fun working with these young guys who have young families. I love supporting them.
The photo below shows how the excavation guys are putting in the new septic system today. As a microbiology tech, I respect bacteria and how they work. I saw a sign in a washroom that said, "As we use a septic system, no personal hygiene products, money, or dreams down the toilet. Flush only toilet paper and mother nature." I think I'll use that.
In between ripping out old drywall and trucking it to the dump, I am experimenting with cookie, muffin, and granola bar recipes for the B & B. I know employees who feel appreciated and valued are more loyal. My workers are happy to be the guinea pigs and critique. So far, I think the Oatmeal Raisin cookies are winning. Also, I have asked "Shades of Linen", a lovely local store, to make me some linen bathrobes. In the heat of summer, I know our guests will love something hand made, cool, and locally sourced. I think part of the charm of small town/farm living is everybody knows each other and supports each other. That's what makes community.
"Life is really very simple. What we give out, we get back." -Louise Hay
That's my view from the deck.
I'm really excited to say we have our very first REAL booking, not family or friends! I can't wait to host our guests and introduce them to the area. Great news, but of course, the pressure is on. Here is what I've learned in the last few weeks:
"If you don't like how you FEEL about something, change the way you THINK about it." (Buddhist saying).
No amount of my stressing will make the progress go faster. I choose to believe "Time will expand to meet my needs."
Things have a way of working out even if you can't see it right now. Initially, we had a hard time finding a plumber and electrician but eventually hired two nice young fellows, just starting out. It was the perfect fit, and worth the wait to find them.
I have faith that we are on track for this new journey and am learning to trust the process and our new found skills. Even though I sliced a finger on a nail, and banged another one with the Staple Hammer (really hurt!) it is still fun. Drywall this weekend
That's my view, from the deck
Rick & Gayle Grant
Naramata Lakeside Guesthouse